Class of 2021: Grace Giarrizzo – Johnstown High School

Grace Giarrizzo - Johnstown High School
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Grace Giarrizzo - Johnstown High School

Johnstown High School

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Grace Giarrizzo

Salutatorian

PARENTS: Christa and Salvatore Giarrizzo

COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Attending Northeastern University

AFTER COLLEGE: Plan to possibly pursue a graduate degree and stay in Boston.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL and THE MOST REWARDING: Completing senior year of high school in the middle of a pandemic had a lot of new struggles, but also has been a motivator in its own way. The pandemic has made it a lot harder to learn. The feelings of enjoyment and pride that come with turning in work and understanding material are greatly diminished — hitting submit on dozens of assignments online is often mind-numbing. I’m away from my teachers and peers for the majority of the week and can’t go over or discuss what I do with them; it has been harder to hold myself accountable when classes are over Zoom and my years’ worth of work can all be summed up to Google Docs.

The pandemic has, however, made me more excited for the next chapter of my life, and much more appreciative for the efforts of my teachers and peers. I commend teachers for adapting to the new pace and expectations in such a short amount of time.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC/HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED: I learned that senioritis is very real, and that high school really does go by as fast as everyone once told me it would.

WHAT IS THE MEMORY OF SCHOOL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET/WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: This year’s sports seasons. Cramming fall and spring sports into the second half of the year ended up being a lot of fun, and I’m very thankful I got to have a senior season for the sports I play. Jumping from soccer to softball was the best part of the school year. I will miss being in the same school and on the same sports team as my younger sister. Seeing her during lunch and in the halls. I will miss the familiar faces of Johnstown High School who have worked with me either in the classroom or on the field. My teammates, teachers, coaches, and the rest of the Class of 2021.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: MGMT, The Neighborhood, Mother Mother, The Wallows, Ariana Grade, Hozier, Britney Spears and Tame Impala.

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: Seeing all of the work and memories I accumulated over my four years of high school pay off and being able to celebrate it with the people I love.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My small network of friends and family always supporting my decisions and staying proud of me no matter what. Being able to continue studying what I enjoy in a new, beautiful city for the career-oriented goals I’m striving for in the next four years.

 

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